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Airedale Hospital & Community Charity grants promote staff wellbeing

Several teams across Airedale NHS Foundation Trust have welcomed a boost to their wellbeing, courtesy of the Trust Charity.

Airedale Hospital & Community Charity launched the AOK (Acts of Kindness) winter wellbeing grants in 2022. Since then, staff members across Airedale NHS Foundation Trust -including community teams and other Trust sites – have been invited to apply for funding annually to make a difference to their team’s wellbeing, particularly through the winter months.

A total of 29 grants were made in 2023. Jodie Hearnshaw, Charity Manager said: “As a Charity, we like to support our colleagues across Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and help create a more comfortable work environment, with a focus on staff wellbeing needs for the long run. We invite Trust staff to come together as a team and think about what could help their wellbeing day to day whilst at work.

“This is the second year of the AOK winter wellbeing grants and the feedback we have received so far has been great, with the items making a positive daily impact to Trust staff. We can’t wait to reopen the applications this year in the Autumn and help more of our hard-working teams.”

Items funded in the 2023 AOK winter wellbeing grants have included a selection of fiction, leadership, development and self-help books for the Trust library, a panini machine, massage chairs, desk lamps and a selection of plants.

Julie Hartley, Attraction & Retention Lead at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust applied for a grant for a selection of office plants said: “We are so fortunate to have a lovely new building and I decided to apply for the plants to enhance our working environment. Not only do they look great, but they bring a range of health benefits by quite literally breathing new life into the atmosphere.

“As a team, we decided to go with a selection of different sizes and shapes of plants and brightly coloured pots to bring a splash of colour and life into the space too.”

Human Resources (HR) Management Information Analyst, Kelly Jolly added: “It just gives what felt like a very cold, new build space a lovely feel. We get a lot of traffic in HR so it looks much more appealing, creating a relaxed environment for our visitors as well as us!”

Caring for the wellbeing of colleagues is just one of Airedale Hospital & Community Charity’s objectives. If you would like to find out more about the Charity and ways that you can get involved, visit www.airedalecharity.org